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The passing of an icon in La Crosse. The great benefactor Marjorie Reinhart died on Monday at 79. Hard to imagine what Viterbo University would look like, says president Rick Artman, without Reinhart's support. He says Marjorie's generosity blessed the university.
Reinhart and her husband, D.B., gave millions to Viterbo and to the hospitals as well. Peter Grabow, at Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse, says you can look in any direction on the medical center's campus or in just about any of their programs and see an impact from Marjorie and the rest of the Reinhart family.
A storm water utility could go back on the burner for another six months in La Crosse. A city council committee wants to study the issue longer before making a call on what would amount to a fifty dollar annual fee for each residence in the city. City council member Andrea Richmond thinks the utility as proposed treats homeowners unfairly. She wants the utility charge to be based on actual area of impervious spaces on a property rather than every homeowner getting the same bill. Richmond also wants homeowners to be able to earn credits against the water that runs off their properties.
Money raised by the proposed utility would pay to treat storm water and increase capacity in the city's storm water system.
Drinking and speeding apparently combined to cause a crash that killed three men, following a police chase near Mindoro last month...
A La Crosse County Sheriff's Department report says Thomas Storandt and Joel Kirchner were dead at the accident scene, while Joshua Koss still showed some signs of life when emergency workers arrived. All three had been thrown from a pickup that may have crashed at a speed close to 100 miles an hour. A sheriff's deputy says the truck sped away when he tried to stop it, after the driver burned rubber in an alley. The deputy believes the men tossed cans and cups of beer out of the truck during the chase. The three had spent much of the afternoon at a Mindoro bar before the chase and accident.
We told you a couple of weeks ago about people who believed werewolves were attacking them..... one kneeled down, raised his hands above his head and recited Bible passages to the emergency room staff at Winona Health and another saw his heart beating outside of his chest. All cases stemming from the use of plant food or bath salts........legal drugs that are hitting Winona hard. Until now.
A bill signed into law last week by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton will ban the sale or possession of plant food effective July 1st. The bill was authored by state Senator Jeremy Miller, of Winona, who has called plant food a very serious and dangerous issue in Winona.
Plant food is a powdery chemical with effects similar to cocaine, amphetamine and Ecstasy. The synthetic drug can be smoked, ingested or injected. The active ingredient, mephedrone, produces euphoria as well as intense hallucinations, heart palpitations, and other adverse effects that in the worst cases lead to death.
No teacher layoffs coming. That's the word from the Lacrosse School District on this, layoff deadline day, across the state.
Human Resources Director Steve Salerno says because the student enrollment projections that were done during the winter showed that the district needed 5 fewer teachers this year, it made the layoff process a bit easier.
Another deadline hits districts today as well. Health insurance for teachers. Salerno says they are still looking into whether or not to stay with the state's insurance, enroll more in the WEA plans or bid out for more competitive prices.